April Paw Print
“Ring. Ring. Ring...”
“Hello, this is Dudley”
“Is this Bluff Animal Rescue?”
“Yes it is”
“ I’m traveling from__________ to _________ and I have this
“We have no place to put it. Thanks to generous support from
donors, BARC can supply food, collars, leashes, a dog carrier,
vaccines, and spay/neuter for every fostered dog. But,
unfortunately, we have no place to put it right now.”
Damn,I get so tired of repeating this!
Recently, 2 friendly dogs followed a horse from McCracken Mesa
to Bluff and decided to spend a night at Recapture Lodge. With
the help of Lois’s email to our community, the owners were
notified and picked up the dogs the very next day.That was a
good thing because we had no fosters available.
The Simpsons have continued to foster a gentle German short
hair pointer for the entire month of May, but, after a full year of
foster care, they are done when this dog moves. Al Gerecke and
Kathy Smith have been fostering a gentle pit bull all month. The
Mormon Church has decided not to foster.We have been
boarding 3 dogs for 3 months at $50.00/month.
Being a foster is a lot of work, and it can continue for months.
We need to know ahead of of time if someone will foster so we
will know who to call when the next stray shows up.
Suppose every family in Bluff agreed to be a foster once each
year, or once every 2 years, or three. If that were to occur, we
wouldn’t have a problem. Hey! Maybe there is a village in the
town of Bluff. If not,.......?
In this month we have adopted 3 dogs. Ann Brown has provided
2 transports to Underdog in Moab. We have vaccinated 16
puppies, and travelled 815 miles to deliver 934 pounds of dog
I haven’t heard what the Town of Bluff plans to do about the dog
Stay tuned. BARC is grateful for all the financial support.
- Dudley Beck
March 2023 Paw Print
When it seemed that urgent help could not be found, help arrived just in time as the stray dogs continue to show up: Zak and Amanda are providing short term foster for cat friendly dogs.
Molly has been fostering for several months, taking the dog with her in her car when traveling to Page for work. She has recently found someone in Crested Butte Colorado to adopt.
Heather picked up another 6 week old puppy.
Stan and Elise from Red Mesa area continue to foster 10 strays.
Shannon from Monument Valley fosters 4 puppies that her mother found on the road. Steve and Janna continue to foster a gentle German short hair since mid December.
Al and Kathy have 4 strays.
Marx and Susie Bell look after the cats.
Dusty Paws continues to provide low cost vaccinations, spays and neutering and housing in a short term holding area. BARC has provided 1400 pounds of dog good, one case ofcanned food and 135 pounds of cat food, driving 312 miles to assist with transports. BARC has provided 14 vaccinations and paid for one spay.
Brian and Jennipher have found someone to adopt the stray they picked up near the Comb. Three people have expressed interest in our friendly gentle short hair pointer, but “ the timing is not right for adoption.”
Due to our inability to find placement, BARC has been paying for boarding services for three dogs this past month. Underdog assists with food and placement when able. Foster care remains the critical need.
February 2023 Paw Print
This month BARC administered 11 vaccines, adopted out 2 dogs and paid for two spays.
We drove 518 miles to deliver 1268 pounds of dry dog food and 2 cases of canned dog food.
We have all heard the proverb “ It takes a village...” We have money thanks to many generous donations. We have dog food thanks to many generous donations. We have many stray dogs whether we want them or not. Our two fosters have been caring for dogs for 4 months. What we need is more fosters to help with the near daily arrival of more strays. BARC will not survive without the help of Bluff residents.
One might imagine what would happen if BARC no longer existed.
One might also ask if the Town of Bluff has a village.
January 2023 Paw Print
Donations Donations Donations
The highlights this month have been the huge donations totaling over $6000.00! The balloon festival breakfast netted $2438.00. Individual donations of $3000.00, $1000.00, $200.00 and $100.00 were received, and the donation canisters netted $274.50!
We paid for 2 neuters and 1 spay. We vaccinated 19, while continuing to foster 7 for the entire month. A nursing mom and one puppy were transported to Moab, along with a pregnant mom dog from Monument Valley. We almost made it through the month without adding more strays until Jocelyn Meyers spotted 2 four month old puppies at the post office. They were almost hit by a semi truck, but we were able to live trap both of them at once and move them temporarily to Dusty Paws clinic, since Greg is out of town. We will need a new home within a week, when Greg returns. We have travelled 455 miles to transport or deliver 900 pounds of dry food and 2 cases of canned food.
We have ordered some heating pads to deal with the cold weather. We will order more food.
Incentives for free spay and neuters are under consideration.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS
Twin Rocks Trading Post & Cafe is generously teaming up with BARC to host a fundraiser brunch Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 8 am to noon at Twin Rocks Cafe in Bluff, UT. Breakfast will be served by volunteers from the Fort. A big thanks to Cisco for donating food!
December 2022 Paw Print
It all began with a phone call from Amber (intake coordinator for Underdog). She told me that Lorinda, who works in Monument Valley, would be bringing me a mom dog with 4 puppies tomorrow and asked if I could transport them to Moab. Later that same day I got a call from Daylene (10 miles south of Bluff) telling me that a mom dog at her house had delivered 11 puppies the night before. She had them inside her house because it was freezing at night. She asked me to come get them since she couldn’t keep them inside her house. I drove there, picked them up, and put them in my garage with a heater.
Later that same day, Amber called back and suggested that I also bring the 8 puppies from Red Mesa who were now 10 weeks old and had been living in Heather’s living room inside a puppy pen since birth. I called Heather to tell her I would be coming tomorrow to pick up her pups. She informed me that another mom dog had delivered 5 new puppies in a dog house in her back yard the night before (nighttime low of 18 degrees).
I called Amber back.
“Better bring them too”, she said.
So early the next day I drove to Red Mesa to pick up 8 ten week old puppies, the mom with 5 one day old puppies and then back to Bluff to await the arrival of Lorinda with the mom and 4 puppies. I then called Paul to help me load the mom and 11 puppies from my garage. All 31 dogs made it to Moab where beds and pens were waiting for me.
There were 6 other transports in December carrying 12 more puppies, a mauled male from Monument Valley and 5 other strays. Foster care has continued with help from Janna and Steve Simpson, Dudley Beck and Glen Renner, Bessie Pelt, Heather Jemmott, Al Gerecke and Kathy Smith, and Daylene Redhorse. There is no more room in Bluff. We travelled 935 miles to deliver 825 pounds of dog food and 5 cases of canned dog food. 510 pounds of this dog food was donated by Underdog.
If you can help, please donate to BARC at PO Box 462, Bluff, Ut 84512. Thank You, Dudley Beck
November 2022 Paw Print
AAAW ______! It happened again! A friendly but shy adult blue heeler was hit by a car on December 5th at nearly the same place as the last dog, Foxie. Melanie had been feeding him for two weeks but was unable to touch him.
Paul and I found him under a bush at the Bluff Gardens. He was scared. We were afraid he would bite us when we tried to pick him up.We tried to get a blanket near him which scared him further. He wanted to get away which he was able to do on three legs and a few hops. This allowed us to throw a blanket over him and make a sling to lift him into the truck and take him to Greg at Dusty Paws. Greg gave him a sedation shot in the truck. Twenty minutes later, we were able to use the sling to get him into the clinic where he spent the night.
The next day, I drove him to Blanding for a rendezvous with Amber from Underdog, who transported him the rest of the way to Moab for X-rays and further treatment. We plan to live trap the other small dog that has been running with the heeler. If we catch it, we still have nowhere to put it except in my garage in a small cage.
We need another foster! We need UDOT to put up animal crossing and “SLOW DOWN” signs!
Jana and Steve, and Dudley and Glen continue to provide foster care in Bluff. Paula Maryboy, Bessie Pelt, and Heather Jemmott continue to provide foster care on the Rez. This past month, we managed to get Heather’s male neutered but not before he fostered a new litter of 7 puppies, which are now six weeks old. We have delivered 650 pounds of dry dog food and 6 cases of canned dog food, traveling 100 miles. We have spayed one, neutered two, and adopted two puppies.
October 2022 Paw Print
BARC first wants to send a special thanks to Tim Hamilton’s pottery, Dudley’s honey, Terry Tice, and Transitions for the generous donations at the Art Festival, and to the Bluff community for the $800.00 from the yard sale organized by Ceil McDermott.Thanks also for the donation canisters: $59.00 from K and C, $248.00 from the Twin Rocks Trading Post, and $44.25 from the Twin Rocks Cafe.
This month’s summary has a great rescue story. Read on.
On Saturday, October 29th at 6 pm, just as I was sitting down to dinner with friends at Comb Ridge Eat and Drink, I received a text from Underdog that Dee Caswell and friends from Denver, while hiking the Sand Hill petroglyph trail, had heard and seen a dog “stuck” in a crack 20 feet above the petroglyphs.
As it turned out, these people were also eating dinner in another room at the Eat and Drink. After receiving further details about a whimpering dog, along with a cell phone picture of this dog in a brushy crack, I contacted Vaughn about a possible climber who might assist the next day (temperatures predicted below freezing at night). Vaughn suggested Brandt Hart.
The next day, Sunday, Brandt, Anna, Lander and I walked up the dune. We did not hear or see the dog guessing that it had somehow escaped. On Monday, I walked up the dune again with binoculars , but still failed to hear or see the dog. Later that day, Hoyt, working at a building site nearby, reported that he had heard barking from that direction. It was now three days at least with no food or water and freezing nighttime temperatures. Meanwhile, not giving up hope, Brandt contacted a fellow river ranger, Chad Niehaus to patrol the area. On Tuesday morning they hiked up the stock trail west of the petroglyphs and spotted a very skinny dog below Tank Mesa. Check out the video of Chad ,hauling the dog up a steep crack in the sandstone.
“Tank” now lives happily in my side yard. Thank you, Dee for reporting the sighting of this dog. Thank you Chad and Brandt for not giving up hope.
Fosters this month include Al Gerecke and Kathy Smith, Dudley and Glen, and Steve and Janna Simpson. BARC picked up three new strays after the Art Festival. We are again without space to house any stray dogs unless someone else steps up to help. If you have a secure fenced yard, perhaps you could let BARC use your space during times when you are out of town. We could set up a plan where one of the foster spaces is kept vacant so we could move any dogs from your fenced in space out prior to your return. If willing to help BARC in this way, contact Dudley. This would be a great help for dealing with the next drop off, and you know there will be another drop off soon. With help from other community members, we can continue our work.
This past month, we have paid for neutering of one dog and spaying of another. We have vaccinated 6. We have driven 300 miles to deliver 835 pounds of dog food ( 700 pounds donated by Underdog), one case of canned dog food, and 95 pounds of cat food.
Dusty Paws now reserves one day at his clinic during the first week back in town for spay, neuters and vaccinations of BARC animals in foster care awaiting transfer to Underdog or other adoption sites.
Thank you everyone for your donations to BARC.
September 2022 Paw Print
Do you remember that dog in August that we pulled out from under a trailer in Montezuma Creek after being hit by a car. Both hind legs were paralyzed. It was transported to the vet in Moab, then placed in foster care where it has now made a complete recovery, walking on all four legs.
This month, we rescued an adorable red heeler that kept avoiding capture in Bluff for over a week. Melanie Kranz was feeding it daily at Bluff Gardens but couldn’t catch it. We planned to live trap it on Saturday, October 1, but it was hit by a car on Friday, September 30, and found unconscious lying by the side of the road near Cadillac Ranch. Upon arrival at Dusty Paws, she woke up and was further resuscitated by Dr. Burns. Ed Dobson then drove her to Mill Creek Animal Hospital in Moab for further treatment, X-rays and surgery, costing $762.00. She is now walking and eating under foster care at Jackie Warren’s where she often sleeps in Jackie’s lap.
Our foster homes this month include Al Gerecke and Kathy Smith, Steve and Jana Simpson, Jackie Warren, Priscilla Sagg, Heather Jemmott, Stan and Elise Dalton, Paula Maryboy , Dudley Beck and Glen Renner, and Henry Nez of Window Rock.
We have travelled 620 miles to as far away as Moab, White Rock, and Round Rock, Arizona delivering 488 pounds of dog food donated by Underdog.
We have vaccinated 15 dogs, paid for 6 spay/neuters, and adopted out one puppy.
BARC loves dogs. BARC loves tax deductible donations.
August 2022 Paw Print
The overflow in all regional rescue programs in the tristate area has required longer periods of foster care and many more requests for Dog food.
Al Gerecke has been added to our foster group. He fed 4 dogs at sand island for two weeks but was unable to catch them. We were finally able to live trap them( 3 at one time!), spay/neuter at Dusty Paws and move to a temporary 12 foot by 12 foot holding area behind Al’s where he continues to foster. Janna and Steve Simpson continue to foster 4 adorable puppies from Monument Valley. A mom and two 6 month old juveniles from Red Valley south of Shiprock had to be moved from Janna’s when they failed get along with the 4 from Monument Valley. Off they went to Glen and Dudley’s side yard-very friendly.
While we have rescued only 9 dogs this month, we had a rather dramatic rescue of a dog hit by a car in Montezuma Creek. The dog’s back legs were paralyzed and it had to be dragged out from under a trailer, transported to Underdog in Blanding, and then to a vet in Moab, where recovery is guarded but possible.
Dusty Paws has provided 5 dog spay/neuters and 3 cat spay/neuters. We’ve made 18 trips this month to Cortez, Moab, Shiprock, Red Mesa and Montezuma Creek areas, traveling 1020 miles and delivering 1586 pounds of dog food (900 pounds donated by Underdog) plus 1 case of canned food.
What more can I say? BARC desperately needs donations to pay for more dog food. ARF! ARF!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.